December 10, 2012

Pack Food and Beverages (344/365)

Whenever I leave my house and expect that the travel to my destination is going to take more than an hour or so, I pack snacks and beverages. It’s just part of my routine. Usually, I fill up a water bottle and add a bit of lemon juice to it, and I’ll look in the pantry to see what we have on hand for snacks. […]

5 Ways to Host a Frugal Holiday Dinner

The holiday season is a time of celebrating, and eating, together.  Christmas offers an excellent opportunity to share time with family and friends, but if you aren’t careful, hosting the meal can cost a bundle. However, there are simple things you can do now, a few weeks before Christmas, to make sure you can offer a delicious, yet frugal meal. 1. […]

Privilege and Luck Drive Success: Toxic Financial Attitudes

Let’s forget that most motivational stories are designed to get readers to purchase something or otherwise spend money. Gurus who consider themselves motivational speakers know this well. In a room full or listeners or an internet full of readers, a story with a positive message followed by a “call for action” is an effective sales technique. […]

5 Quick Tips to Save Money in the New Year

The new year is fast approaching and you may have made some resolutions where your finances are concerned.  I know I have.  Although 2012 was a relatively frugal year for me, I know there were a lot more corners I could have cut and things I could have done without. With this in mind, I decided to share five tips for saving more green in 2013.  Each is a suggestion that I plan on putting to good u […]

4 Ways to Get Free Shipping with Your Online Purchases

One of the reasons that many people hold back from making online purchases is the cost of shipping. What’s the point of saving $5 on a purchase when shipping will cost you $7? The good news, though, is that free shipping is becoming easier to come by. Indeed, I rarely pay for shipping anymore. If you want free shipping on your online orders, here are 4 strategies you can follow: 1. […]

Picking Up Money (Followup)

So… Shortly after I posted about the guy whose girlfriend shamed him into leaving a dollar on the ground, Lifehacker picked up the story and ran a poll asking their readers the following: What’s the least amount of money you pick up off the ground? As of right now, there are a little over 9k votes, and guess what? Just over 30% of respondents would stop to pick up a penny, but roughly 51% wouldn’t […]

We're Giving Away $600 for the Holidays!

Happy Holidays! Ready to Play? Want to win some money? Now that the holidays are fast approaching, we wanted to give a couple gifts to you, our loyal readers. […]

Reader Mailbag: Popcorn, Old Movies, and a Warm Blanket

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Using Roth to buy house 2. Children and educational tools 3. Is a charity legit? 4. Preparing for higher taxes 5. Shaving expenses 6. Inexpensive board game gifts 7. Investments used for debt repayment 8. […]

Can You Profit Buying Dividend Stocks Before Payouts?

Costco, one of my favorite companies (and one I am invested in), announced that it would be paying out a special dividend that would total more than $3 billion based on the number of shares outstanding. […]

Why We Take on Credit Card Debt

Why do some people rack up huge credit card debts while others are able to handle their credit responsibly? This is a question that puzzles everyone from psychologists to marketers to your Aunt Sheila, who wants to know why her sons are in such trouble with debt while you and your siblings are doing quite well, thank you very much. While the specific mechanisms behind what makes some people more d […]

Wise Bread Gift Guide: Gifts That Save Money

It shouldn't be a surprise that here at Wise Bread, we like gifts that do things — gifts that are useful. Gifts that fill a need. Gifts that might be indulgent, but not wholly unnecessary. And we especially love gifts that can do even more — that can keep help people save money. With that in mind, here's our guide to 25 great gifts that keep more cash in your giftee's wallet. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Save on Shoes

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways to save on shoes, things not to buy during the holidays, and ways to give gifts that matter. Top 5 Articles 13 Ways to Save on Shoes — To save on shoes, use coupons and buy classic styles. [Money Talks News] 12 Things Not to Buy During the Holidays — This holiday season, don't buy laptops or bicycles. […]

Preventing freezer burnout

My husband and I get along well with few disagreements. That’s why it was a surprise to both of us when something came between us a couple of weeks ago and, of all things, it was our freezer. And things got downright frosty for a few hours. I had a long list of things to get done when I got home from work – and cleaning out our stand-alone chest freezer wasn’t one of them. […]

10 Frugal-but-Classy Appetizers

Appetizers are one of those things that are so essential for successful entertaining, but can often eat up a big chunk of your entertaining budget. There are few things that make a party as fun as sipping wine and nibbling on a choice morsel while you wander about the room catching up with friends. […]

Overbooked Flights and (Reverse) Auctioning Your Airline Seat

Airlines have long asked for volunteers to give up their seats when a flight is overbooked. But when checking in for a flight recently, I was greeted with a new twist… This was for a flight on Delta and, as I was going through the online check-in process, I was greeted with a screen soliciting bids from potential volunteers. […]

Active Investing Success is Rare

Many regular FMF readers are familiar with Old Limey, a regular, popular commenter here. Through his comments we know that he is a retired engineer who took his relatively modest retirement savings, invested it during the dot com boom, and turned it into a multi-million dollar portfolio. […]